AHPA Meeting in Houston
I attended the American Honey Producers Convention
in Houston from January 10-14. There were around 150 beekeepers
in attendance. It appears there is going to be a surplus of bees
for almond pollination. At the time of the convention, there were
about 100,000 extra colonies in California. Lyle Johnston thought
most of this initial surplus would disappear when beekeepers went
through their colonies after the convention. Still to come were
many semi loads from Florida and other southern locations. Some
of the almond growers are coming back to their pollination providers
seeking a fee reduction. They are also seeking bees from off shore
locations for future pollination.
There were some scary numbers on the number
of queens that supercede within six months. There are a lot of
bad drones out there. A well mated queen needs a sperm count of
around 5,000,000. The other problem is the environment the queens
are introduced into. They have found that a queen with nosema
may only last about 30 days. Tracheal mites also lead to early
supercedure. Tracheal mites target young bees. In a mating nuc,
the virgin queen is the youngest bee available. So she is a likely
target. Varroa mites will ignore queen cells. They don’t
have time to mature in those. They can target the mated queen
While tylosin has been approved for foulbrood
treatment, there are going to be residue problems if it is used
indiscriminately. It doesn’t break down like TM does. Be
careful if you use this.
There have been some positive results using
oxalic acid on Varroa mites. The mix is one litre of water with
one kg of sugar and 75 grams of oxalic acid. This treats 25 colonies.
The researchers were applying the acid with a 60 ml plastic syringe
at a rate of 5ml/frame. If the weather is cold trickle the acid
on the top bars. Otherwise, trickle it between the frames. Most
of the commercial operations that were using oxalic acid were
applying it with a garden sprayer. Research showed a 70% kill
with the acid.
Diana Summantaro had tested Sucrocide using
a rate of 3 tablespoons per two gallons of water. It didn’t
work at this rate. She was planning to try it again in a higher
concentration. There were some positive results using Apigard
on Varroa mites. None of the Varroa remedies they are working
on kill as well as the strips did when they were working. This
will translate into the need for more frequent monitoring and
probably more frequent mite treatments.
It was as fun meeting and I learned a lot.
Submitted by Phil Ebert
Summer Field Day
Some preliminary arrangements have been discussed
for the summer field day. We want to improve the quality of this
event. We expect to hold the event at either the 4-H camp or the
Iowa Arboretum. Both of these locations are near Madrid. The date
will be either June 24th or July 8th. There will be a potluck
meat with the association furnishing the main course and the drink.
Prospective speakers will be contacted soon.
IHPA Board Meeting
Scheduled for 2006
March 11, 2006
Regular Meeting Des Moines 1:00pm
November 16, 2006
Regular Meeting Marshalltown 7:00pm
November 17 & 18
Annual Meeting Marshalltown
The meetings are usually held at Immanuel Methodist
Church located at 2900 49th Street in Des Moines. (49th &